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Foreward:

The collection of verses here, The Fyrdhwæt Saga, tells the tale of the warrior Fyrdhwæt [his name meaning brave or warlike] who slays three terrible monsters to save his people.

In the first set of verses, Fyrdhwæt, The Identity Stealer, the verses tell that he is a character of such overwhelming self-assertion that his mother who bore him and all of his friends, his family and his wife find that, in his presence, their sense of self and identity become thwarted and sucked away. He is one of those bullish characters who makes you forget who you are, what you think and what you believe because he asserts his own thoughts and ideas so strongly. This character trait, in the end, becomes belittling and can even be distressing - leading the 'victims' to avoid being in the company of the protagonist. Every aspect of Fyrdhwæt's personality seems only able to grow and develop by his stealing or overpowering the integrity of others. Thus we see that none can support him or nurture him, people turn away and he is left alone. Thus Fyrdhwæt is both powerful and lonely, self-confident and a little sad.

In the second set of verses Bealltain and then The Silken Tretraw (who turned the world to stone) we are introduced to the first of the monsters, the Tretraw. It is a beast which arrives at the beginning of spring, during the spring festival procession, and it commences to eat up all the trees and green growth, positing stones and rock in the place of sacred woods and agriculture. Naturally the people begin to starve and would have died out (apathy seems prevalent) if it weren't for one small, lone voice who manages to call upon Fyrdhwæt. The sun won't shine so Fyrdhwæt slays the monster in the dark, alone and unrecognised.

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